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post #1 of 17 Old 12-01-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Is there such a thing as stretching too much?

My TB puts his head down and stretches a lot, especially when I'm riding. I know it's a good thing and my trainer told me to reward it, which I do, but he does it constantly. It's usually at the trot and he stretches way down to the ground about every ten seconds or so, and it goes on for the whole ride some days. Should I let him stretch as much as he wants? I can't really do much when his nose is all the way to the ground.

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post #2 of 17 Old 12-01-2009, 12:58 PM
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it could turn into him leaning on the reins, leaning on the forehand or evading. He might start to realize you release when he stretches so he does it all the time. Does he do it when your trying to do something with him? Or just when you are plodding along?
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My horse does this too. I don't really know what to do about it. I heard it is supposed to be good, but it gets annoying sometimes when he is doing it so often. Hope someone smarter than me answers. :)

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Hey someone did. Lol.

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Read "Reasons for reaching down" in Horse Training.

There are some tips there.

But
Get a physiothereapist to check the back
Try a change of bit - go softer if you can.
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Sorry I pressed the wrong key

My horse reaches down too -
It could be
Nervousness,
A sore back - feel for soft spots and look for marks
A badly fitting saddle - have it checked by a professional
Tooth ache - when were the teeth last rasped?
The wrong bit - try a lighter one - try a Myler
A badly fitting bit - move it up?
Does the horse salivate?
Holding the reins too rigidly
Holding the reins too loosely so the horse reaches for the bit - ( that's if you ride long and low)

Tips, let somebody else ride the horse and watch. See if they get the same effect.

It will become more and more annoying for you. Try to find an answer,

No it is not normal - there must be a reason. Problem is you have to look for it.

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I agree, sounds like he's trying to relieve some kind of discomfort.
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Most horses I've seen do this are just plain evading you. The rider even teaches them how, with the release of pressure. Stretching is fine, when you ask for it, but otherwise it is not.
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My pony does that.But ONLY when we ride down a certain dirt road.Its her way of rebelling and its really annoying.
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post #10 of 17 Old 12-01-2009, 05:13 PM
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I agree, sounds like he's trying to relieve some kind of discomfort.
That or avoiding hard work...
He may have learnt that by stretching he gets rewarded and can just pull the reins out of your hand and avoid working up into the bridle or other hard work you are asking of him.
He needs to learn he can stretch when you allow or ask him to and not when it suits him.

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